News Release USDL: 97-07
Thursday, January 9, 1997
Contact: Stephen Gaskill, (202) 219-6091
Gregory R. Watchman Named Acting Assistant Secretary Of Labor For Occupational Safety And Health
Outgtoing OSHA Administrator Joseph A. Dear Departs This Week for Washington
Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich appointed Gregory R. Watchman to the position of Acting
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, effective January 11.
Watchman replaces outgoing Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Dear, who resigned to become chief
of staff to Washington State Governor-elect Gary Locke.
"As Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health for nearly four years, Joe
demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to the safety and health of Americans in the
workplace," Reich said. "Under his leadership, OSHA became a model of reinvention."
"OSHA's mission is to protect the safety and health of the workforce. Greg will help ensure that
OSHA works better so that Americans can work more safely," said Reich.
Watchman was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health
Adminstration (OSHA) in January 1995. His portfolio includes regulatory policy, safety and
health standards, and legislative and interagency affairs.
Prior to joining OSHA, Watchman served on the Labor Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Labor
and Human Resources Committee. He was Counsel to the Subcommittee from 1991 to 1993 and
Chief Labor Counsel from 1993 to 1995. While there, he was responsible for legislation and
oversight involving labor-management relations, equal employment opportunity, occupational
safety and health, minimum wage and overtime, family and medical leave, job training, and other
From 1989 to 1991 he served as the Associate Counsel for Civil Rights on the Education and
Labor Committee in the US House of Representatives, where he was responsible for legislation
and oversight involving equal employment opportunity and other employment issues.
Watchman is a graduate of Williams College and recived his law degree from Cornell Law
School. He began his career as a labor associate with the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and
Bockius in Washington DC.